Review ordered after a reindeer was taken into children's hospital to visit patients in run up to Christmas


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Bosses at a Scottish health board have ordered a review after it emerged that a reindeer was taken around a number of wards at a children's hospital in the run up to Christmas.

A review was ordered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) leaders after a fawn was taken around several wards at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in the Yorkhill district of Glasgow.

The visit was part of a planned charity event at the hospital, and was taken into some of the wards to allow children to see and pet the animal - though officials have stressed the animal had no contact with any patients.

NHSGGC described the incident as "well intentioned", but said the decision was taken without the permission or knowledge of managers or senior clinical staff.

In a statement, it said: "As such we conducted an internal review to learn lessons.

"At no time did the fawn urinate on a child and appropriate infection control procedures were taken with those children who petted the animal.

"The reindeer fawn did not go into any isolation cubicles or have contact with any patient in isolation."